Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 3/3/12
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- For his first warmup pitch every inning, Trevor Bauer does not so much take the mound as storm it. Starting from a spot behind the hill, Bauer runs over the mound, takes a little hop and throws the ball as hard as he can toward the plate. He tells his catcher to stand in case the ball winds up in the dirt so it does not chew him up. And if it flies to the screen, as it did before his second inning in his first start for the Diamondbacks in their 1-1, 10-inning tie against Colorado on Saturday, it does not matter. "Its a way to get the body moving explosively and getting the mindset of going out and attacking the plate and throwing with full intensity," Bauer said. "Sometimes I throw them in the dirt. Sometimes I throw them high. It really isnt a control issue on those. Its just let the body go and be free. If I throw one to the backstop, who cares?" It certainly does not seem to matter to the D-backs, whose main restriction on Bauer this spring is that he give up the headphones he wore during pregame work at UCLA and fit into the team workout regimen. Bauer attacked the strike zone the way he attacked the mound Saturday, retiring all six Colorado batters he faced at Salt River Fields. Bauer struck out two and did not let a ball out of the infield while throwing 14 strikes in 21 pitches. "It was fun. It was baseball again. Its been a while since Ive gotten to be on the field, so it was enjoyable," said Bauer, who last pitched for Class AA Mobile in the Southern League playoffs. "My goal was to get ahead of guys and make them swing the bat. I think it was a pretty efficient outing. I was pleased with my control and command. Pretty happy with all of it." The third player taken in the 2011 draft, Bauer threw first-pitch strikes to every batter he faced and was behind in the count only once against a Rockies lineup that featured regulars Dexter Fowler, Carlos Gonzalez, Troy Tulowitzki and Michael Cuddyer. While his pitch count was down, he still managed to work in a fastball, curveball, changeup, split-finger pitch and two variations of his slider, he said. He registered both his strikeouts on curveballs and got four groundouts, three to third base and one back to the mound. Major league scouts -- and there were more than a few in attendance -- clocked his fastball at 93-95 mph and his curveball at 74-76 mph. "I thought he threw good for a guy who obviously had some emotions to deal with out there. Some of the secondary pitches were actually better than I have seen any time that he has thrown so far," manager Kirk Gibson said. A purposeful perfectionist, Bauer certainly seemed unfazed in his first appearance against major league hitters before a Salt River Fields record crowd of 12,528, about two dozen of whom gathered around the bullpen railing to watch his warmups before the game. "You throw strikes. Theyre hitters. They still have to hit it," Bauer said. "It was more of a competition with myself, as it always is, to try to see if I can execute pitches." As he usually does before a start, Bauer threw long toss in the outfield. He got as far as 360 feet Saturday, with favorites Haste the Day and Disturbed going through his mind even without the headphones. "The farther I go out, the more my body gets linked up. When you throw a ball that far, you have to work pretty efficiently," Bauer said. The headphone restriction is no big deal, he said. "Gibbys goal is to win, and thats my goal. Everything kind of works together on that," he said. Follow Jack Magruder on Twitter
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